Chelsea sizes up Sally Y&R
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At Newman Media, Sally gathers that Adam’s asking if she’s the one sending him the videos of Billy. Sally insists she’s turned over a new leaf, but Adam’s unconvinced; there’s a part of her that likes to go rogue. Sally wonders how he’d react if she admitted she were the spy. Adam tells her if she were to confess, he’d thank her, but also tell her to cut it out. She’s putting herself in a bad position. Sally feels the Abbotts are all bark and not bite, but Adam cautions that Billy lacks their moral compass and he doesn’t want to see her get hurt. “I care about all Newman Media employees,” he declares. Sally thinks it’s better for Adam not to know the truth. Adam chuckles, “Plausible deniability.” Sally wonders if the information he’s received will help in his battle. Adam thinks it’s a good start.
Adam questions Sally Y&R

At the hotel, Lily is working but stops to take a call from Billy, who thinks she needs a break. He asks her to come home as soon as she can.

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At the penthouse, Chelsea looks at a photo of Adam and Sally together at Victoria’s wedding and calls Chloe to tell her she wants to meet Sally Spectra in person.

At Crimson Lights, Sharon and Rey talk Christmas foods. He loves seeing her happy and she smiles. It’s a rare treat to have all her children together on the holiday. She asks if he’d mind inviting Nick and Christian for Christmas dinner. Rey’s fine with that as long as the invitation doesn’t extend to his brother. Sharon’s sure Adam has plans with Connor. Just then, Chelsea walks in and approaches them. “How nice to see you,” she ventures. Sharon gawps, “Chelsea. Hi.”
Sharon sees Chelsea Y&R

Chelsea explains that she just got back to town and Rey asks about Anita. Chelsea says she’s doing well. Chelsea and Rey share a laugh about Anita hitting on him and Sharon muses that she didn’t hear about that part of his security detail. Chelsea talks about being back at the penthouse bringing back memories. She’s not sure she’ll stay in town past the holidays and figures some people would be happy if she left.

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Lily arrives home to a photo shoot set up. Billy’s opened champagne and hollers from upstairs that he’ll be right down. Lily pours a glass and Billy comes downstairs saying he thought they’d do a little role-playing. He promises it will be fun and snaps a photo of her. Billy explains that every major publication is going to want to do a profile on her and she needs to be prepared. He’ll be her coach and do a new head shot for her. Lily questions his qualifications as they banter. Billy tells her it’s time to let herself shine. Lily groans but acquiesces. She laughs through Billy’s fake interview as he introduces himself as Mr. Studly Wonder and peppers her with questions. She names Katherine, Jill and her father, Neil, as her inspirations and lists her key qualifications. Billy asks how much she loves the man she’s with, and Lily jokes that he scores off the charts. After, Billy wants to take photos, so Lily poses for him as they laugh and kiss. She thanks him for the distraction and for helping her practice her answers. Billy now knows she can handle any question they throw at her. Lily says knowing he’s behind her makes all the difference. They make out.
Billy snap photo Y&R

Chloe barges into Adam’s office, where he’s talking with Sally, and tells her that Chelsea’s ready to meet with her. Adam hopes the two of them can convince her to come on board. Sally muses that if he wants her at Newman Media, she’ll do what she can to help.

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At the coffee house, Sharon says she’s sorry Chelsea was pushed psychologically to the point where Chelsea believed she and Adam were having an affair. Chelsea apologizes to them both for her actions, and also for injuring Sharon years ago in the coffee house. Rey recaps that he forgave Chelsea for what she did to him, but she was in a bad way. Chelsea feels she’s made a full recovery. Sharon warns about self-assessment but is sure Connor is happy to have his mother home. They ask about her plans, and Chelsea says she’s considering working with Chloe at Newman Media. Sharon wonders if she’s a fan of Sally’s designs. Chelsea’s more familiar with her reputation. Just then, Chloe and Sally arrive. Chloe makes introductions and Chelsea sizes Sally up.
Sally, Chloe Chelsea Y&R

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Sally, Chloe and Chelsea move to a table on the patio and Rey tells Sharon he’s glad to see Chelsea doing well. Sharon feels if she wants to be in Connor’s life she’ll have to stay in town. Rey just hopes being around Adam won’t undo her progress.

On the patio, Sally tells Chelsea her bridal work inspired her in designing Victoria’s wedding dress. Chelsea was impressed with the coup she pulled off and thinks she’ll be a good spokesmodel for the brand due to her over-the-top energy. Chloe feels they could build something extraordinary. Chelsea’s not sure she’s even staying in Genoa City. Chloe reminds her this platform was built for her, and Adam and Connor won’t let her leave. “You’re here with the foreseeable future.” Sally chimes in that Chelsea is wanted and valuable. Chelsea won’t agree just based on their hard sell and needs to know who she’s getting into bed with. She trusts Chloe… there’s just one thing she needs to decide… some honest answers from Sally.

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Inside, Rey tells Sharon when Adam went after Billy he saw signs of the old Adam. They talk about all they come through this year, particularly with Faith. Sharon couldn’t have done it without Rey, who’s been her rock. They watch Chelsea, Chloe and Sally talking and Rey asks Sharon if she ever misses the fashion industry. Sharon wouldn’t want to spend much time with Sally. Rey agrees that Chelsea taking the job with Sally feels like trouble.

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On the patio, Chelsea calls out Sally’s fake flattery and lets her know she is aware of her past. “How are you not the biggest liability for any company?” Sally could say the same thing about her… probably no one but her best friend would hire her right now. Chelsea asks if she’s deflecting because she’s afraid to answer. Sally has had to fight to protect what’s hers and feels they’re a lot alike. “That hunger, that drive and that determination is what I plan to pour into Newman Fashion to make it a success. I have something to prove and this is where I’m gong to do it.” Chloe smiles as Chelsea admits she’s impressed and asks, “What’s it going to be? Are you in or out?”
Sally prove herself Y&R

Adam looks up as Sally, Chloe and Chelsea walk into his office. Chloe announces Chelsea’s joining the team. Adam says it’s fantastic; she’ll be a valuable asset. “Welcome aboard.” Chelsea has to leave to pick up Connor and tells Adam that she and his son look forward to seeing him tomorrow. As she turns to go, Sally pipes up to Adam, “Can I talk to you about something,” and perches on his desk. Chloe ushers Chelsea out and Adam asks the redhead what the hell she thinks she’s doing. Sally wants to debrief him on the meeting with Chelsea, who is quite strong-willed. She’s proud of herself for winning her over and thinks they’ll get along well. Adam wonders if Sally hung back to mark some perceived territory and warns he doesn’t want trouble. Sally reassures him and ‘hopes’ he keeps getting helpful information on Billy.

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At home, after sex, Billy and Lily sip champagne. Lily asks if he’ll tell Jack about his plan to convince Victor and Adam that he’s drinking and gambling again. Billy doesn’t want to hurt him and Lily’s relieved to hear it. She believes in him as much as he believes in her. Billy says it’s going to be a wild ride. Lily sighs, “It sure is.”

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At the penthouse, Chloe tells Chelsea she’s thrilled she’s signed on and wants to talk about what’s next. Chelsea wonders if Sally will be willing to take orders from her. Chloe sold her on a leadership team consisting of the two of them. Sally is ambitious and Chelsea questions how Chloe plans to keep this woman in check. Chloe explains Sally was grateful to be hired and the plan to bring Chelsea on as a partner was clear. Chelsea knows her type; she’s out for number one. She probably already has a plan, and it most likely involves Adam. Chloe insists she won’t overstep. Chelsea’s glad because that’s a boundary she won’t want to see breached.

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